9th District Delegation: No Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

May 23, 2018

Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District intend to vote against people in the country illegally being able to obtain driver’s licenses if and when the bill is voted on by the state Legislature. The delegation has been critical of companion measures A-1738 and S-1340 – the “New Jersey Safe and Responsible Driver Act” – which would establish driver’s licenses for any N.J. resident who “who satisfies the requirements for the issuance of a basic driver’s license but cannot prove lawful presence in the United States.”

Applicants would be required to submit to the Motor Vehicle Commission their proof of identity, date of birth and residence in the state, as well as a security number, if one has been issued.

The bill was sponsored by Assembly members from Districts 20, 15, 33, 36, 37 and 17. Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union), one of the sponsors, has said the purpose of the bill “is to enhance road safety by ensuring that all drivers are properly tested and licensed, and are driving vehicles that are registered and insured.”

As the 9th District delegation said in a joint statement, the proposal is “an inappropriate use of limited public resources.”

“Essential programs and services for legal residents are on the chopping block all while the needs of illegal aliens continue to be prioritized. First it was in-state tuition, then tuition assistance, and now there’s an effort to give illegal aliens driver’s licenses. The price tag of these policies keeps rising for taxpayers but not for the persons who are mostly benefiting.

“If things weren’t hard enough, parents now see their children having to compete with persons in our state illegally for seats at state colleges as well as for tuition assistance. Now residents face the prospect of waiting longer in the MVC line while illegal aliens are applying for a driver’s license with limited identification documents, such as the ones legal residents are required to produce.”

Connors, Rumpf and Gove are also concerned about possible “homeland security issues,” adding, “No, not every person in the country illegally is a security threat. Regardless, it would be completely irresponsible and negligent for New Jersey to circumvent proven, effective policies instituted to protect public safety.”

The bill was referred to the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee earlier this year. —J.K.-H.

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